Gift of the Givers turns 26

Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman being awarded the Global Citizens award by International Citizenship advisory firm Henley and Partners.

Gift of the Givers, the Pietermaritzburg based, South African non-governmental aid relief organisation started by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman in 1992, celebrated their 26th anniversary on Monday (August 6).
The organisation is the largest disaster relief group of African origin and was started by Sooliman, after Turkish sufi master, Mohammed Saffer Effendi, instructed him to set up an organisation to do humanitarian work.
Gift of the Givers has delivered life-saving aid in the form of Search and Rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 43 countries, South Africa included. Commencing as a disaster response agency the organisation now has 21 categories of projects that include bursaries, agricultural self-sustainability, water provision, counselling and life skills services, entrepreneurship and job creation, establishment of primary healthcare clinics and medical support to hospitals, winter warmth and supply of new clothing and shoes, sports development, feeding schemes and food parcel distribution, supply of household and personal hygiene packs, educational support and toy distribution, provision of housing, care of the physically and mentally challenged, orphans and the elderly as some of their diverse activities.
Innovating the world’s first and only containerised mobile hospital comprising 28 units, the world’s first containerised primary health care unit, the world’s first groundnut-soya high energy and protein supplement in the use of severe Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, TB, Cancer and other debilitating conditions, and establishing Africa’s largest Open Source Computer Lab has earned the organisation 125 individual and organisational accolades and awards including four presidential awards.
Having disbursed billions of rands thus far to needy individuals and communities in their history, the organisation operates with the motto of “best among people are those who benefit mankind” and accordingly serves all people irrespective of  race, religion, culture, colour, political affiliation or geographical location, unconditionally.
The organisation spent their anniversary continuing with their intervention work to save farmers, farm workers, animals and livelihoods in the face of the massive drought crisis in the Cape.

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Capital Media Reporter

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